Johnny Depp is finally responding to the controversy over his Fantastic Beasts casting.
Depp stars as the central villain in the new sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which is written by author J.K. Rowling and set years before the Harry Potter series. Some have criticized Depp's presence in the movie, as his ex-wife, Amber Heard, accused him of domestic violence in 2016. Depp denied her accusations. As part of their divorce settlement, the two released a statement saying that during their relationship there was "never any intent of physical or emotional harm," BuzzFeed News reports. However, when Depp again denied her allegations in a recent interview, Heard's attorney accused him of "psychological abuse" andpointed to "multiple witnesses to Mr. Depp's physical abuse."
Now, Depp tells Entertainment Weeklythat J.K. Rowling "knows I was falsely accused" because she has "seen the evidence." Rowling in 2017 had offered a slight defense of keeping Depp onboard the project, but she was careful not to get into the specifics of the case, saying she wanted to respect Depp's and Heard's privacy.
Entertainment Weekly notes that Depp's attorney says unspecified evidence will be presented in court during a defamation case against The Sun next month. The actor added that he "felt bad" that Rowling took so much heat over his casting, but "she doesn't take things lightly" and "would not stand up if she didn't know the truth." Brendan Morrow